Germany will not prevent Poland from sending Leopard tanks to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said, in what appeared to be the clearest signal yet from Berlin that European allies could deliver the German-made equipment. Asked in an interview with the French television channel LCI what would happen if Poland sent its Leopard 2 tanks without German approval, Baerbock replied through a translator: “At the moment, the question n Wasn’t asked, but if asked, we wouldn’t stay there. the path.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised that Germany “will continue to support Ukraine – as long and as fully as necessary”, adding: “Together, as Europeans – in defense of our European peace project.” Germany’s new Defense Minister Boris Pistorius plans to visit Ukraine soon, he told a German newspaper.
Scholz said future decisions on arms deliveries will be made in coordination with allies, including the United States.. Under pressure to allow the shipment of German-made tanks to Ukraine, the Chancellor said all arms deliveries to Ukraine have so far taken place in close coordination with Western partners.
Poland has announced it is ready to deliver 14 Leopard tanks to Kyiv but is awaiting “a clear statement” from Berlin, in remarks made ahead of an interview with German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki criticized Germany’s failure to supply tanks to Ukraine. “Germany’s attitude is unacceptable. It’s been almost a year since the war started. Innocent people are dying every day,” he said.
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise visit to Ukraine, where he said it was “time to redouble our efforts and give Ukrainians all the tools they need to finish the job”. Downing Street said Rishi Sunak was “supportive” of Boris Johnson’s visit, despite warnings it would undermine the current Prime Minister’s authority.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he was not ruling out the possibility of sending Leclerc tanks to Ukraine. “As for the Leclercs, I asked the Ministry of Defense to work on it. Nothing is ruled out,” he said during a speech at a summit with German Chancellor Scholz.
Russia claimed to have made progress in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region. After months of stalemate in the southeastern region, Moscow-based officials say the front is now “mobile” while the Ukrainian military reported that 15 settlements had come under artillery fire. “During offensive operations in the direction of Zaporizhzhia, units of the Eastern Military District took more advantageous terrain and positions,” the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
Zelenskiy vowed that Ukraine would not tolerate corruption and promised key decisions to come this week to root it out. “I want to be clear: there will be no return to what was in the past, to the way various people close to state institutions lived or those who spent their whole lives chasing after a chair,” he said in his speech. nightly video address. The EU has made anti-corruption reforms one of its main requirements for Ukraine’s membership of the bloc, after granting Kyiv candidate status last year.
The Norwegian army chief estimated that 180,000 Russian soldiers were killed or injured during the conflict, while the figure for Ukrainians is 100,000 military casualties and 30,000 civilian dead.. Norwegian defense chief Eirik Kristoffersen gave the numbers in an interview with TV2, without specifying how the numbers were calculated. Figures cannot be independently verified.